Earth Sciences with a Specialization in Planetary Geology, BS

This program is offered by the Geological Sciences Department

Program Description

The Planetary Geology Specialization is designed for students planning a career as a professional geologist with government agencies (e.g. NASA) or the remote sensing industry. In addition, we have two Earth Science specializations for students who want the Earth Science background but do not intend on being professional Geologists. These 36 credit degree programs have calculus as an option, and provide the opportunity to integrate biology and chemistry courses into a program suited to an individual career path. These specializations also require 22-24 credits of coursework in Physics, Chemistry, and Math for a total of 58-60 credits.

Learning Outcomes

By the time of graduation, students will demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

  1. Scientific literacy: Students will be able to identify, analyze, and apply earth science concepts, principles, laws, and theories.
  2. Ability to do science: Students will be able to interpret, analyze, and apply the Scientific Method and other related inquiry related skills, as well as quantitative methods, in the earth science lab.
  3. Communications: Students will be able to use oral and written communication to accurately and effectively convey earth science concepts.
  4. Technology literacy: Students will be able to select and accurately use appropriate tools, equipment, and technologies in the earth science lab.
  5. Research: Students will be able to locate, interpret, analyze, and/or conduct and present earth science research.